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Lovell: "We deserved to get something"

Gills boss pleased to see a strong performance rewarded at Boundary Park.

14 April 2018

Gaffer reacts following late drama at Oldham.

Gills boss Steve Lovell said his players deserved to get something out of Saturday’s game at Oldham.

Tom Eaves converted a second-half stoppage time penalty to earn the visitors a point at Boundary Park in a game Lovell’s men could easily have won.

The match finished 1-1 with Eaves cancelling out Duckens Nazon’s first-half effort.

Speaking after the game Lovell said: “Scrappy is the word; I don’t know how many crosses we had in the box but we’re not finishing off the chances. For the majority of the game, especially in the second half, we made chance after chance and I thought we deserved to get something out of the game without playing very well at all.

“You come to places like Oldham who are fighting for their lives and you know what kind of game you’re going to have. It wasn’t a pretty game but we dug in, we kept going and we deserved to get something out of it.

“We created enough, especially in the second half. At the end of the day it’s another point but disappointed not to have three. It’s a positive, I don’t take a negative out of today at all. I would have been disappointed not to get anything today.”

The gaffer commented on the penalty that was awarded, and Tom Eaves himself who was given the spot-kick for an off the ball incident.

He added: “I think Tom said the fella just pulled his hair so it’s a good job he wasn’t bald! Sometimes you get them and sometimes you don’t.

“He was confident to stick away the penalty, he works hard and he deserved that. That will give him a lift. He could have had 30 goals this year; we will work on him over the summer and he can go one better next year.

“We’ve found it hard to score goals in the last three or four games but defensively we’re very sound again. I thought we were quite comfortable in the second half."

Lovell said his team will fight until the very end of the season against Plymouth and everyone at the club will be treating the last four fixtures exactly the same as any other.

He added: "I’m really pleased with what the boys have done. We have four games to go and we’ll give it everything we can.

“The four games will be no different to the others, hopefully we can finish off well.”


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